Adopting a dog from a different country can be a complex process. However, the point of these articles is not to make you give up on the idea, but the complete opposite.
We want to make sure that you have all the details you need to start the adoption process of your new best friend and do so in an easy manner, without stumbling into complications of any kind. In a previous article, we’ve talked a bit about the vaccines your new best friend needs to have in order to leave its home country and enter a new one.
Now, we are going to talk a bit about the paperwork involved in the adoption process, meaning health licence – to prove its vaccinations scheme and health status – and passport for the doggie and adoption contract accompanied by a home check form for the adopter.
Beforehand, however, we would like to mention just a few other aspects we think you should be aware of. There’s nothing to worry about, so sit back and enjoy the article!
Why rescuing dogs is nothing like choosing tableware
It sounds a bit harsh, we know. And we do apologize to those readers who have previously saved animals in needs or those who desperately want to do so. However, we trust that people who are 100% dedicated to adopting a pet know that the well being of these animals always comes first. And sometimes, the complexity of the process is meant to discourage those that are not exactly convinced they want to adopt.
So, coming back to the bigger issue. Adopting a dog is much more than turning the pages of a catalog, looking for a pure breed dog that just ran out of luck. For starters, there is no such thing as a dog catalog. Secondly, you are not going to a yard sale.
The rescue organization will, of course, help you find the dog that best fits your needs if you have not found it already when looking on the website or following the organization on different social media platforms. Because really, the first thing you need to find is a rescue organization you want to help, one in which you believe, an organization that is trustworthy, dedicated to saving animals in need.
Secondly, you yourself will have to go through a few checkups. Don’t worry, they’re not as intrusive as those in the airport. However, you might have to provide the rescue organization with some details regarding your home and your schedule and even a home check.
Some people find this a bit too much and they give up on the adoption idea. Still, this is an important step and its only purpose is that of assuring the organization that the saved animal is going to be provided the best living conditions from this point on. So, try not to take it personally and remember that it is only for the benefit of the animal.
The adoption fee
Indeed there is such a thing as an adoption fee. The amount of money you are charged is used to help the dog get all the vaccines necessary for entering your country. It needs to be in perfect health and this requires certain expenses. Also, your dog will have to be micro-chipped and neutered. If you are adopting a puppy, then you might have to perform this operation when it is of age. And let’s not forget the transport fees and your dog’s passport.
So you see, the adoption fee, which may vary in terms of amount from one rescue to another can be broken down in your dog’s exclusive costs. In most cases, if not all, the rescue’s sole reward is the possibility to see that the dog is well taken care of. You are encouraged to donate, as all donations go to helping other animals. But the adoption fee you are charged with is used only for your future best friend.
The adoption contract
When adopting a dog, be it from your country or a different one, you will have to fill in an adoption contract. This is part of the adoption paperwork. When your dog will be traveling from its home country to yours, it will be accompanied by certain papers. These will be checked at its arrival.
Once the transport is completed and your furry friend arrives in your country, it will have to stay at the vet’s office for a certain time ( depending on the country’s rules and regulations) all the paperwork, meaning the adoption contract, all medical papers, is thoroughly checked.
Hopefully, these pieces of information can shade some light upon the paperwork necessary for adopting a dog from another country.
Find a rescue organization you trust, study their activity and contact the staff. Having the needed experience, they will be able to provide you with further assistance and guidance to allow you to bring your furry friend home.
Support adoption, encourage adoption and by all means, adopt. Follow all the steps involved to make sure that your furry friend arrives home safe & sound.
Woof, Woof, People!